Dressed as Batman saves couple from muggers in Cornwall
Dressed as Batman. The self-styled ‘Dark Knight’ has made a name for himself by confronting muggers and knife-wielding gangs across the streets of south London in recent weeks.
But now it appears the makeshift superhero has taken his one-man crusade for justice across the UK.
A couple were enjoying a night out in Newquay when they claim the ‘Bromley Batman‘ came to their rescue against three muggers.
John Salter, 35, a graphic designer, was leaving a popular bar with his girlfriend when they were set upon by a group of thugs.
But just as it looked as though danger was about to unfold, a mysterious mask-clad figure dressed in black emerged from the shadows.
The night-time warrior walloped one with his fist and kicked another in the chest before telling Mr Salter: “Don’t thank me – I’m the Bromley Batman.”
Mr Salter, from Kingston upon Thames, said his hero had a short stubbly beard, a thick London accent, and was wearing black clothes, a mask and a bandanna.
He said: “I was approached by three lads whilst out with my girlfriend in town quite late at night. They were very drunk and one hit me in the face.
“Then out of nowhere a man wearing black with a bandanna and mask on, who was about six feet tall with a stubbly short beard, jumped in to protect me and fought off the men.
“He threw one of them to the ground and kicked the other one in the chest. He went flying back and onto the ground, and he then grabbed the last man and threw him to the ground. The men got up and stumbled away.
“I have heard lots about this man. He told me he was the Bromley Batman and then said to me in a very apparent London accent ‘I suggest you be more careful. Even in Cornwall you’re not safe’, and then he said ‘enjoy your holiday’.”
Mr Salter had been at the Walkabout bar with his girlfriend when they were attacked by the three drunk men on Saturday.
It occurred just ONE day after another sighting of the ‘Bromley Batman’ was reported in Newquay on Twitter.
An elderly man was walking his dog when he spotted a mask-wearing man dressed in black wandering the streets.
The old man, who has not been named, shouted at the suspicious-looking figure, who reportedly assured him that he was only there to help.
A relative of the old man then contact the Twitter page ‘Bromley Batman fans’, who shared the story online.
Very little is known about the real-life superhero and he has only ever given one interview where he was careful not to give away anything that could expose his identity.
However, he did reveal that he had trained in self-defence “since a very young age” and had operated undetected for three years.
He said: “I just want to make a difference and leave this world a tiny bit better for the younger generation to inherit.
“I got sick of seeing crime on the news and in the papers with rarely anyone willing to step in and help people in need.
“I just remember one day thinking, ‘I have the skills to help, so what am I doing with my life.
“I sat and watched crime being reported and scandals in parliament, and thought, ‘this would is f****d up and needs some help’.
“I don’t go looking for trouble, I hope every time I go out that I don’t come across it.”
By Levi Winchester